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Guiterman Bros. Leather Jackets - 1910s and 1920s

Dinerman

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Following the references to leather jackets in a hunting context found in the 1920s ads in this thread, I found the jackets made by Guiterman Bros. in the 1910s.

Looking at the knit cuffs and collar, as well as the fit and cut, you can really see why comparisons were drawn at this time between jackets like this and sweaters of the time.

These jackets had a cloth body, lined with leather (as opposed to the other way around). The ads describe the jackets as having action backs, though they are not pictured.

1915


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Guiterman Brothers was founded in 1883 and incorporated in 1904. They began using the Summit "Town & Country" name in 1904. In the early 1910s, Guiterman Brothers pioneered the attached soft collared shirt. They also called it the Summit. The company had a plant at 352 Silbey Street, St. Paul, MN, which still stands. They enjoyed prosperity during the 1910s, riding the Mackinaw boom of 1915. They were supposedly the first company to coin the name "windbreaker". As shown above, their "Town and Country" Coats and vests shared the distinctive double snap Knit-Nek. During WWI, Guiterman Bros. produced flying coats for US aviators. In 1928-1929, the company was purchased by Gordon and Ferguson.

 

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More of the vest


1928. Coat style leather blouse. One of the first uses of the term "windbreaker".


1928. Cashing in on the Lindbergh craze.
 

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Just some absolutely fantastic research here! And the styles....good lord! If only someone would start to reintroduce some of these garments. The only people I've seen doing anything like this recently is Freewheelers in Japan.

Thanks Dinerman.
 

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